House for Duty Vicar

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Craven Arms
Office Holder

This post is one of two distinct but linked posts that form part of the Craven Arms Benefice Project. The project is the fruit of a lot of prayer, planning, talking, listening, dreaming, and hoping which started in 2018, developed through 2019 and on into the beginning of the pandemic, and then took a new direction from 2021 onwards.

We are so excited to have reached this point, and we are praying for everyone who reads the profile, that God will be speaking to them and to us as we all work together to discover who God is calling to work with us here in this special part of south Shropshire.

The benefice of Craven Arms is seeking a House for Duty Vicar to work alongside a stipendiary Pioneer Priest, and other lay leaders and clergy with PTO, within the three parishes that form the benefice. Offering Sundays, as well as two additional days in the week, the Incumbent will share in and contribute to the life of a growing and varied rural benefice, with opportunities for growth alongside a Pioneer Priest (also being advertised for.)

The position could suit either clergy couples looking to apply for both posts, and working together, or individuals interested solely in this post, who will work collaboratively to further the mission of the churches in the benefice.

Condover Deanery has recently established a Deanery Group Ministry. Clergy who come to minister in the Deanery will need to be willing and able to work collaboratively, sometimes across benefice boundaries, within the Deanery.

For more information, please see the full Project Profile, or for an informal discussion about the role and the project, please contact the Archdeacon of Ludlow, The Ven Fiona Gibson 01588 673571

The closing date for applications is 28th September 2022, visits for shortlisted candidates will be on 12th October 2022, and interviews will take place on 13th October 2022.

The primary responsibilities of the House for Duty vicar will be:

  • offering Sundays, plus two other days in the week, to develop the liturgical, spiritual, pastoral, and missional life of the established congregations in the benefice
  • involvement in the life of the schools in the benefice
  • working collaboratively alongside the Pioneer Priest and Deanery colleagues in furthering the aims of the wider Craven Arms Benefice Project

As this is a part-time House for Duty post it may particularly suit someone with childcare or other caring responsibilities, someone pursuing academic studies alongside ministry, or someone with a dual vocation to ministry and secular employment.

We are praying that the new vicar will be someone who:

  • Is approachable, comfortable in a range of settings, and able to communicate across generations
  • Will teach and lead us in our services and other activities so that we grow in our own faith, and are equipped to share it in our communities
  • Will offer pastoral care to the congregations and our villages
  • Will work collaboratively with the new Pioneer Priest and Deanery colleagues.
  • Is enthusiastic about schools work, and able to work with our schools
  • Will be able to build links between the churches and community groups
  • Is comfortable leading services across a range of styles and traditions

Given the rural nature of the Benefice, the ability to travel quickly and easily around a multi-parish benefice is essential; full driving licence and access to own transport are desirable.

An Enhanced DBS Disclosure is required for this post.

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